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==Introduction==
''Walking TrailsTrail'' are is a group of non-drivable road types segment type available in the WME found under the Roads menu. Waze will not use any of these road types this segment type for routing. As Waze is designed as a commuter driving aid it has no plans to support the use of the App for walking or cycling. These road types are This segment type is available as there are limited situations, when mapped correct, non-drivable segments can improve the user experience.
Editors should '''only''' map ''Walking Trails'' that are a benefit to Wazers driving motor vehicles, any road that only encourages or benefits non-driving users should not be mapped. By over mapping ''Walking Trails'' it may encourage the use of Waze by users such as walkers or cyclists, this could lead to the pollution of speed data and create false congestion reports and negatively influence routing.
==Walking Trails==
'''Footpaths''' - When a destination can only be reached along a mapped ''FootpathWalking Trail'' the route will end at the virtual node at the junction with the drivable segment. The App ''will'' snap wazers to the alignment of a ''FootpathWalking Trail'' when displaying their location.
{{mbox|type=critical|text=As of writing (September '18), virtual nodes are not working correctly and destinations along them may cause URs due to bad routing.}}
 
'''Pedestrianised Area''' - The routing server will not take ''Pedestrianised Areas'' into account when calculating routes even if the segment is closest to the destination, instead it will route to the closest drivable segment or ''Footpath''. The App will ''not'' snap wazers to this road type.
 
'''Stairway''' - Presumably only useful to those wishing to recreate scenes from The Italian Job.
==Characteristics==
[[File:Virtualnode.png|thumb|right|Virtual node]]
Any of the A ''Walking TrailsTrail'' road types can segment type should ultimately be connected to a drivable road segment. Instead of creating a standard junction node a 'virtual' node is created. This does '''not''' split the drivable segment and will not allow routing onto the non-drivable segment, turn arrows will '''not''' appear.
It is not possible to convert any of the a ''Walking TrailsTrail''' road types segment type to any of the other road types type available in the WME, nor vice versa. Should a drivable road be permanently closed and requires converting to a ''FootpathWalking Trail'', it is necessary to delete the original segment and draw a new ''FootpathWalking Trail'' segment along the same alignment. This is also true for the reverse scenario.
House numbers can be added to any of the a ''Walking TrailsTrail'', routing to mapped house numbers works based on the routing behaviour mentioned above. If the house number is on a ''FootpathWalking Trail'' Waze will only ever route the wazer to the virtual node junction with the drivable segment. For ''Pedestrianised Areas'' and ''Stairways'' Waze will route to the closest location to the house number navigation point.
==When to map Walking Trails==
===Footpaths===
[[File:Footpath.png|thumb|right|Useful Footpath mapping]]
In heavily built up areas it is possible some destinations, such as a row of terraced houses, can only be accessed via foot. When mapped using the ''FootpathWalking Trail'' road segment type wazers will be routed to access point on the road regardless where the destination is along virtual node joining the ''FootpathWalking Trail''. It is worth noting that when a ''Footpath'' is connected at both ends to the drivable segments the routing server will choose whichever end it believes to give the best route to road regardless where the destination, this is due to ''Footpaths'' having fixed speed data of 2 m/s. This can be used to map a location that has access from 2 drivable segments, such as a railway station with no car park or main entrance. There are occasions when a major Google Maps location, such as an airport, is returned in along the App results and can not easily be linked to the Waze location. By mapping a 'false' ''Footpath'' from the pin location to a sensible point in the WME this can solve routing errors. {{mbox|type=warning|text=Due to the App snapping wazers to this type of ''Walking Trail'', avoid mapping ''Footpaths'' close in parallel to drivable segments.}} ===Pedestrianised Areas===[[File:Pedestrian area.png|thumb|right|Useful Pedestrianised Area mapping]]When a short group of houses have a separate name to the road they are located on you can use an alt name on the drivable segment, however when you add house number to the segment it will only associate the house number with the primary name. By mapping a ''Pedestrianised Area'' parallel to the drivable segment you can add the correct name and house numbers. The App will then route to the closest point on the drivable segment to the navigation point of the house number on the ''Pedestrianised Area''. Some pedestrian only routes are so well known they can act as landmarks themselves, having them appear in the App can help wazers as a navigation reference. Using ''Pedestrianised Areas'' means there is no risk of the App snapping the wazer onto the mapped segment and creating routing errors.
Consideration may be made on using It is worth noting that when a ''Pedestrianised AreaWalking Trail'' segment is connected at both ends to map a non-drivable segments the routing server will choose whichever end it believes to give the best route that shows up in to the GPS traces but destination, this is clearly inaccessible. This may be due to wazers forgetting to close their App or deliberate misuse of the route. By mapping with a ''Pedestrianised AreaWalking Trails'' it would prevent pollution of the having fixed speed data of nearby 2 m/s. This can be used to map a location that has access from 2 drivable segments, such as a railway station with no car park or main entrance.
{{mbox|type=warning|text==Stairways===..Due to the App snapping wazers to a ''Walking Trail'', avoid mapping them in parallel to drivable segments.}}
===What not to map===*'''Footpaths Walking Trails along roads''' - these should '''never''' be mapped, the road segment is enough for Waze to create routing choices and the proximity of the segments means one will hide the other when viewed in the App.
*'''Canal tow paths''' - unless the tow path is the only means to get to a destination, mapping the canal itself is a better visual navigation reference than the tow path.
*'''Parks & tourist attractions''' - similar to mapping parking roads, Waze is not intended to navigate around a country park or theme park. Once the waze has got to the main destination we want Waze to 'go quiet' to allow the wazer to concentrate on their final task, be that parking up or following local signage. Mapping every pathway in a local park only adds clutter to the map.
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